Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas excluded from the training of the Tour de France d’Ineos


Explaining the selections, Brailsford said: “I am very proud that we have several current, and I’m sure future, Grand Tour champions on the team. Choosing the right leader in the right race with the right support team is essential and has required us to analyze all the latest information to ensure that we are in the best possible position to optimize our performance in the months to come.“Egan will be aiming for the yellow jersey again in France and we are very happy to give last year’s Giro winner Richard Carapaz his Tour debut this year as well.

“Geraint will aim for the Giro and take the opportunity to double his Tour de France victory with another Grand Tour title, with the aim of being the first Welshman to win it.

“In turn, Chris Froome will aim for the Vuelta. Chris is a legend of our sport, a true champion who showed incredible courage and determination to come back from his fall last year. We want to support him to compete for another Grand Tour title and the Vuelta gives him a little more time to continue his progression to the highest level.

Thomas is delighted to have a plan in place and hopes to erase the memories of his last contact with the Giro.

He said: “It feels like it’s kind of returned to normal with the team and the race and everything and it’s good to finally have a firm plan in place and know exactly what I’m doing. do, and try to get some kind of positive. out of this year.

“In 2017 I was in great shape, in similar form to what I was in 18 when I won the Tour. The Giro ended badly that year with a crash and that’s something I’ve always wanted to come back to.

“I like the race there. I’ve always loved Italy, the roads, the fans and the food, of course. It’s just a race I’ve always enjoyed anyway, a country I love to run, so I’m really looking forward to it. come back. This is the plan now. ”

Froome, who broke his neck, femur, elbow, hip and ribs in preparation for last year’s Tour, admitted he just wasn’t ready for the grueling test this this time.

He said: “There is definitely a readjustment for me, moving the posts from the Tour de France to the Vuelta a Espana, but given where I came from last year…

“I had an incredible recovery after the big crash last year and I’m in a very lucky position to be back racing already, but I’m not sure I can really do the work that would be required. from me at this year’s Tour de France.

“I think it’s much more realistic to target the Vuelta a Espana. It gives me a chance to really find myself in something that is deliverable, really. “


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